Even if you’re in good dental health, you should plan to see your dentist every six months. Remembering the exact date and time for your next cleaning can get tricky with your already busy schedule. Even the reservation card your dentist provides isn’t good enough if you lose it in the coming months. Set up a few tools and learn some new memory-enhancing tricks to ensure you’ll never miss another dentist appointment again.
Arrange for all family members to receive routine cleanings on the same day if possible. When you visit a skilled family dentist like Dr. Evanson, both the youngest and oldest members of your family receive quality care without having to schedule appointments with different dentists. Not only does this save you time by avoiding multiple trips to the dentist, but everyone can also work together to remember the date and time of the appointment. It’s also easier to remember one date for everyone than a different date for each person.
If you have a Smartphone or tablet, search for an organizer, reminder suite or calendar you like. Choose from popular options designed by Google that show you a month in advance or simple to-do lists that track appointments months or even years ahead of time. Test out a few different applications before you settle on one. Look for apps that sync across all your devices for the best results. That way, when it’s time for your dentist appointment six months from now, you’ll see the appointment reminder whether you’re on your computer, Smartphone or tablet.
There are also plenty of services that send reminders for any date you choose. Your dentist might mail you a reminder card, send out an email or call you about two weeks before the appointment, but don’t be afraid to add backup protection in case you miss these reminders.
Consider setting multiple automatic reminders. You might schedule the first one a month in advance so you can easily reschedule if you need to. Set another reminder for a week before your appointment, and a final note on the day itself. Extra reminders reduce the chance of forgetting and being penalized for canceling your appointment with less than 24 hours notice.
Daily Planners and Calendars
People who don’t use Smartphones should rely on the classic daily planner or desk calendar to remember dentist appointments. Choose a tool you already use every day rather than buying something just for the purpose of tracking occasional appointments. Simply jot down the appointment time on the appropriate day about six months from now. It’s also wise to add a note about the upcoming appointment a few days in advance so it doesn’t sneak up on you. This is especially useful if you use a planner or calendar that only shows one day or week at a time.
Set the Date
It’s much harder to forget a trip to the dentist when it becomes a part of your family’s normal routine. Make it a habit to schedule your six-month appointments at during specific times of the year. For example, after a year or two of dentist appointments always falling on the last week of school in May and at the start of Thanksgiving break in November, your family will start to associate these times of year with teeth cleanings. Talk to your dentist for more options if you’d like to move your cleanings to a different time of the year than they currently fall on.
If you have yet to set up an appointment with Dr. Evanson, please contact us online or call our office at (720) 409-0008 to get your family members’ teeth cleanings scheduled.Leave a reply →